The thoughts of Harold Smith, team priest/curate of the parish of Crispin Parva, are always stimulated by medieval carvings. In particular, a carving he has seen of a holy man being tempted by a harlot returns again and again to his mind. As he journeys into Scotland after a visit to a cathedral in the north of England thoughts of the carved harlot become mingled with seductive memories of Cindy Clarke and her black net tights at the bell-ringers' social. Then, just before he reaches Fort William he sees two women hitch-hikers, and one of them looks rather like Cindy.
Keywords: Novella, temptation, hitch-hikers, desire, seduction, fantasy, fixation, moral dilemma, religious commitment